I've been dealing with chronic pain so many years I lost count. It's a familiar story to most of you, multiple surgeries, injections, procedures, pills, PT, SMS, Behavioral Pain Management and I'm sure I've left out a few things. The most recent surgery was L5/S1 fusion in 2017, I waited too long and have nerve damage to L5 nerve roots which causes sciatica and various other things. Most recently I've developed SI joint dysfunction and piriformis syndrome and the pain has become debilitating. My neurosurgeon has told me he has no options left, as has my pain management doctor and I have a feeling my most recent PT is about to say the same thing. I do practice all that I learned in the behaviour pain management classes and try my best to keep moving as I can and try to maintain a positive attitude, definitely not perfect at it!
I'm wondering if I should seek out a different PM doc. No problem with meds because my contract is with my Primary. As I write this, the answer seems obvious but the reality seems overwhelming. Another new doctor, transfer of records, getting there and all the things involved (can you tell I'm weary?). Maybe I'm afraid there really are no further options for me. I'm thinking he will want an MRI or myelogram and the last time I had one the pain was off the charts for weeks! I know I'm the only one who can make this decision but my mind seems to be going in circles so if you have a word of wisdom, it would be appreciated. Otherwise, thanks for letting me whine or vent or whatever this is I'm doing, lol.